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Apply to join the Tree Notation Lab

We're now accepting applicants to join the Tree Notation Lab. We are loooking for volunteers to:

  1. Help improve cancer and medical research through better data science tools and electronic medical records.
  2. Develop Tree Notation into a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Once we've done 1 and 2 dissolve the lab and go for a surf.

If you are interested in taking an active or semi-active role in the Tree Notation Lab, send an email to with answers to the following 3 questions:

  1. What is the thing(s) you hate most about Tree Notation that you want to improve?
  2. What do you hope to get out of being a member of the Tree Notation Lab?
  3. How can we create a fun organization?


What is the minimum time commitment?

One "coffee club" meeting per month. You can attend remotely.

Are members paid?

No. This is a volunteer lab.

How much experience do I need?

Accepted applicants will likely have 10-50+ years of experience, though every application will be considered. If you have less than 10 years of experience, consider applying for the Tree Notation Lab Internship Program.

Do I need to be in Hawaii?

No. We are based in Hawaii but this is a distributed research lab.

Are there any perks at all?

There will be some free coffees, free meals, and perhaps some free trips to Hawaii.

Do I need to know anything about biology or cancer research?

No. If you have a software background and help improve Tree Notation tools, you will be helping cancer research.

Is everyone accepted?

No. To avoid wasting people's time due we want to grow slowly, adding the right people at the right time, and scale as our organizational capabilities improve.

Can I use ideas or code from the Tree Notation Lab at my company, at my startup or in my private projects?

Of course. Most things we do are open and put into the public domain (currently under the MIT license). But, like everyone else, you are free to use the outputs of the lab however you wish. Zaldrizes buzdari iksos daor.

What will my role be?

Besides participating in the "coffee club" discussions, you would be doing what you are best at, which might be any of the following:

  1. Researching languages and encodings and brainstorming from a theoretical perspective, trying to suss out any flaws and mistakes in our thinking and making sure we are building the simplest and best things possible. You'd help us improve our thinking and solve questions like whether we should be using tabs instead of spaces; whether we should have references directly in the base notation; etc.
  2. Implementing new Tree Notation base libraries in your favorite language(s).
  3. Helping build meta test suites and documentation to be used by Tree Notation base library authors.
  4. Designing and building new Tree Languages.
  5. Designing and building new applications that use Tree Languages.
  6. Growing the community through blog posts, reddit modding, Twitter, conferences, writing papers, meetups, etc.
  7. Starting companies that utilize Tree Notation.

When is the first meeting?

Slated for Q4 2019.

How is the Tree Notation Lab funded?

The Tree Notation Lab is funded entirely by anonymous gifts. You can donate bitcoin to the Tree Notation Lab at this address: 36DMShMSDUp19FnshHZDnoVCGrAYCrowfN

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